Located on the historic North Slope of Beacon Hill, the Vilna Shul is the last remaining immigrant-era synagogue in the city of Boston and one of the last remaining painted synagogues in America. Its status as a rare historic building, together with its fascinating history, makes for an exciting opportunity for those looking to give back to the community and enrich our visitor's experiences. Your job will be to share just how special the Vilna is with people from all over the world!
As most of Boston's West End was destroyed in a large scale urban renewal project in the 1950s and 60s, today the Vilna Shul is one of the last authentic buildings in what was once one of the city's most diverse tenement neighborhoods. During docent training, you will learn the history of Beacon Hill and the West End from the 1700s to present. You will also learn about the history of the Vilna itself, beginning with the founding of the congregation in 1893 and the laying of the cornerstone of the building in 1919. You will then have the opportunity to use your creativity and passion to lead tour groups of all ages during hours and dates that are convenient to you.
No previous knowledge or experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn, share information and be friendly. For more information on how to volunteer, please contact Lynne Krasker Schultz at 617-523-2324 or Lynne@VilnaShul.org.